Storytellers – Jacqueline Dwyer – About her book Flanders in Australia: A Personal History of Wool and War.

The Storytellers for 2018 began with a presentation by Jacqueline Dwyer – member and mother of Dominic Dwyer, who spoke about her book Flanders in Australia: A Personal History of Wool and War.

Author Jacqueline Dwyer in fine form

There were more than 60 members and friends in attendance to listen to Jacqueline being interviewed by her son Dominic. It was especially pleasing to see Francoise Gilroy present with her daughters and her brother Xavier Droulers, the son of Jean Droulers, who was also a wool buyer, Xavier worked in New Zealand and in France. His wife is French. A large contingent of Parmentier family joined in the fun too. Quite the French connection!

Jacques-Jacqueline’s father

Jacqueline told a fascinating story about her father Jacques and the background to the wool buyers and Wool Exchange in Australia, accompanied by many family photographs. An early edition of the book Flanders in Australia was released in 1998. based on Jacques’s diaries and letters to his brothers and sisters back in Australia written whilst he was serving as a French soldier in the trenches during WW1, all surprisingly in English. The trigger for writing the first edition was a school essay being undertaken by son James on WW1 using material from the diaries and letters which prompted Jacqueline to realise what treasures they were and how they needed to be preserved. Strangely enough the material had been secreted away and Jacqueline never sighted them until her father had passed away. Jacqueline returned to university to further her research encouraged greatly by dear George Franki and soon had enough material to do a thesis. Jacqueline considers the new edition of Flanders in Australia as far more detailed and thoughtful. Continue reading

Summer Sunday Dinners Starting 4th February – 6pm to 9pm

Come and relax at the club at the end of the weekend on Sunday evenings. Catering by Function 8 with a new and varied menu every Sunday.

Click thumbnails below to view individual menus.

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Click here to see a pdf with all menus.

Storytellers – Hello Sailors

The Storytellers has a great record of very large attendance over the years particularly for the November meetings. Perhaps it’s due to being the last meeting for the year, summer nearly upon us, thoughts turning to the Summer of Fun or just plain wonderful storytellers):

2011 – Forbes (& Ursula) Carlile – “Sydney – Cradle of Australian Swimming”
2012 – John Coates – The Olympic Family
2013 – Ian Heads and Gary Lester – BBC Centenary Book
2013 – Jimmy Arnold, Jenny Hole, Cathy Mackay, Karen Panaretto – The famous Manhattan Island swim (some 46kms) on 10th August 2013
2014 – Jon Attwater, Jack Stening – The Three Sieges of Malta, By the Turks in 1565, By the Axis Powers during WWII, By BBC swimmers in 2014
2015 – Lauren Elder – Surf Lifesaving in Vietnam
2015 – Jon Attwater – Pictorial journey of Sicily
2016 – Lucas Webb – Film Industry
2016 – Jon Henricks – Gold Medals & Lane 4

As the convenor there is nothing better to wrap-up a year of stories than with a full house which is exactly what happened at the November 2017 meeting. We knew we were in for a big night when about 40 members and friends arrived for the pre-meeting BYO BBQ. As the top room started to fill there was much scrambling to bring up extra chairs from downstairs. In the end it was standing room only with over one hundred people in attendance keen to learn more about popular club identities Louise Stevenson and Doug Sturrock as they were interviewed by Kieran “Parkinson” Kelly. The focus was on their yachting backgrounds, achievements and stories which under normal circumstances they would be too modest to tell. Continue reading

Attention all Photographers and Happy Snappers

We are running a photographic competition at the club to capture your image of the beautiful place where the club has the privilege of being situated. Join in a fun photo competition at the club with the theme “My Balmoral”

Three categories available

  • Category 1 – Portrait format (i.e longest side is vertical) – to be selected on the basis of the best photo for use on a BBC swimming costume and is based on the theme “My Balmoral”,
  • Category 2 – Landscape or portrait format– DSLR (Digital SLR)- to be selected on the most visually appealing and technically accomplished photograph that shows the best interpretation of the theme “My Balmoral”
  • Category 3 – Landscape or portrait format – smart phone or ipad/tablet – to be selected on the most visually appealing and technically accomplished photograph that shows the best interpretation of the theme “My Balmoral”

Entries open on 1st January 2018 and close 28th February.

A selection of entries from category 2 and 3 – judged as best by the judging committee will be on display from 15 March 2018 in the club room for a people choice competition, running from 15 March to 30 March.

Winning photographs will be on display in the club top room from 8 April 2018

Email email me to register interest. For information and conditions of entry see this link.

Open to all Balmoral Beach Club members

Summer of Fun 2017 – 18

Full Program – Download PDF Poster

Golf Day – Download PDF Poster



Health & Fitness Q & A – Tuesday 26th December 8:30am – The Health & Fitness breakfast is always popular at the Summer of Fun for those wanting to improve their lifestyle, swim style and fitness. This year is a special Q & A session with our expert panel. Allan Bolton, Charm Frend and Alison Maunder ….

Bring along your own questions. Here are some questions already being posed.

For Allan – Strength & Fitness
“I usually do Blah! Blah! Blah! as my exercise routine. Is this enough?”
“Does High Intensity Training really work?”

For Charm – Swim training and technique
“Everyone says you have to get your backside up when swimming. How do I do this without jammers or a wet suit?”
“Everyone says it is what you do under the water that really counts when trying to improve your speed. So what does Damon Pal do that I don’t? He goes to quick for me to see what he is up to.”

For Alison – Health & Nutrition
“What do I need to eat to ward off Alzheimer’s?”
“What does Superman eat?”
“Do protein supplements provide any real benefit?”

All Members and friend are welcome.

Children’s Day – Sunday 31St Decemeber 8:30am – The Children’s Day is always popular. There are three great events for children ages 4-10 or a bit older plus grandparents reliving their childhood….

1. The grandparent, parent, surrogate parent/child relay. This is a swim relay around a 150 metre triangular course with children doing the first leg and the older generation bringing it home – so to speak.

2. Run – swim – run race for the children

3. Water Polo – voted best event from the 2016 Summer of Fun

Wine Tasting – Friday 29th December 4:00pm – This is the most popular extra curricular event at the Summer of Fun. For those wanting to improve their knowledge of wine beyond knowing the difference between red and white this is a must attend session with our new resident expert Greg MacKay. Born and bred in the wine country of South Australia, wine runs in his veins ….

Test your skills on blind tastings and learn a few facts to stun your dinner guests with at your next Sunday lunch.

After the wine tasting it is “Show me the Money!” Put your poker skills to the test at the Poker night. A big success last year particularly among the younger members and this year will be even bigger. Last years winner Pauline Nolan having been banned at Crown Casino will be back to defend her title.